Northern Brant Special Management Area

Northern Brant Special Management AreaThe Waterfowl Zone in which you are hunting determines the seasons, bag limits, and possession limits. One of the zones has several Special Management Areas (SMAs). There are two SMAs for hunting black brant. On this page, we cover the Northern Brant Special Management Area, which includes Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Here, you’ll find seasons, bag limits, possession limits, legal boundaries, and maps. (For all other counties, see Balance of State Brant Special Management Area.)


The Northern Brant Special Management Area covers Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. The Balance of State Brant SMA covers to the rest of California. See 14 CCR § 502(b)(6)(F)-(G).


Daily Bag an Possession Limits

In this Section, you’ll find the daily bag and possession limits in California for black brant. For all other Ducks and Geese, the daily bag and possession limits are the same.

Northern Brant SMA

The daily bag limit for black brant in the Northern Brant Special Management Area is two. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. See 14 CCR § 502(d)(6)(C)(6).

Balance of State Brant SMA

The daily bag limit for black brant in the Balance of State Brant SMA is two. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. See 14 CCR § 502(d)(6)(C)(7).

Humboldt Bay South Spit SMA

Northern Brant Special Management Area for South SpitThe seasons for all ducks and geese in the Humboldt Bay South Spit SMA are closed during the brant seasons. See 14 CCR § 502(d)(6)(C)(2).


Seasons

Brant (Goose)

Northern Brant SMA

The season for black brant in the Northern Brant Special Management Area opens on November 8, and lasts for 37 days. See 14 CCR § 502(d)(6)(B)(6).

Balance of State Brant SMA

The season for black brant in the Balance of State Brant SMA opens November 9, and lasts for 37 days. See 14 CCR § 502(d)(6)(B)(7).

Waterfowl

Humboldt Bay South Spit SMA

The seasons for all Ducks and Geese in the Humboldt Bay South Spit SMA is closed during brant season. See 14 CCR § 502(d)(6)(B)(2).

Morro Bay SMA

Northern Brant Special Management Area for Morro BayThe seasons for all Ducks and Geese in the Morro Bay SMA opens with the black brant season and continues through the end of waterfowl season. See 14 CCR § 502(d)(6)(B)(4).

Youth Hunts

Northern Brant Special Management Area for youth hunts.Youth are allowed to hunt all ducks and geese, including brant, during the seasons established for the waterfowl zone in which the SMA is located. Youth are hunters under the age of 18. The daily bag and possession limits are the same as the regular seasons. See 14 CCR § 502(e)(1)(A).


Wildlife Areas

The Wildlife Areas and National Wildlife Refuges listed below are located within the Northern Brant Special Management Area. Follow the links for local rules for hunting waterfowl. See our custom map below.

  1. Big Lagoon Wildlife Area.
  2. Eel River Wildlife Area.
  3. Elk River Wildlife Area.
  4. Fay Slough Wildlife Area.
  5. Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
  6. Lake Earl Wildlife Area.
  7. Mad River Slough Wildlife Area.
  8. South Spit Wildlife Area.
  9. Waukell Creek Wildlife Area.

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